1. Fiscal Cliff

    Obama: 'No Reason' for No Deal

    US President Barack Obama speaks on the fiscal cliff on December 21, 2012 in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama told lawmakers to go home Friday to drink some Christmas eggnog then come back to Washington to pass a scaled-down package of tax cuts to avert a year-end fiscal crisis. "This is something within our capacity to solve, it doesn't take much work, we just have to do the right thing," he said, calling on lawmakers to return next week to pass legislation before January 1.  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    After a Jesus-take-the-wheel kind of week, House Speaker John Boehner said Friday that it was up to Obama to keep the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff. Speaking to the press Friday afternon, Obama said he had met Republicans "more than half way," and there was "no reason" they couldn't reach an agreement. The president said had just finished talks with Boehner and Harry Reid, and that he remains "ready and willing" to cooperate with Republicans. Obama focused on the parties' agreement on middle-class taxes: "Averting this middle-tax class hike is not a Republcan responsibility or a Democrat responsibility, it's a shared responsibility."

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